HACCP Certification Overview


Your Essential Guide to
HACCP Certification

What is HACCP?

HACCP is a globally recognized preventive management system used to address food safety risks throughout the supply chain. HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points, outlining the first two steps in its own name. Hazards are the kinds of contamination (biological, physical, or chemical) that could happen to food in production. Critical Control Points are the steps in your process where you can use controls to prevent or at least reduce hazards.

A well-implemented HACCP plan assures customers, consumers, the public, and regulatory bodies that food safety is top of mind in your facility. HACCP programs reduce the likelihood of customer dissatisfaction, product variation, recall, and potential hazards at any point in the supply chain.

HACCP is a requirement by the FDA for all food production and manufacturing. There are additional guidelines for dairy, juice, seafood, and retail and foodservice that consider factors that are more likely in those facilities. HACCP applies to all steps in food production, including everything from raw material production to distribution.

There are 7 basic HACCP principles:

  • Hazard Analysis
  • Critical Control Points
  • Critical Limits
  • Monitoring Procedures
  • Corrective Actions
  • Record-Keeping Systems
  • Verification

What is HACCP Certification

HACCP certification is a voluntary process that recognizes a manufacturer has developed, documented, and implemented a HACCP system, including an effective HACCP Plan. Some manufacturers may be required by law to have implemented a certified HACCP system. HACCP plans and HACCP certification demonstrate to your consumers a commitment to food safety. Customers worldwide know that food safety is a priority in your facility, increasing brand trust, loyalty, and business overall. HACCP certification also results in better use of the resources at your disposal and a reduction of the cost of food safety problems.

The HACCP Certification Process

Achieving HACCP certification is a multi-step process that takes time, management commitment, human resources, and planning. The following constitutes an overview of the path to HACCP certification.

  1. Know HACCP Requirements and Principles
  2. Develop a HACCP Plan
  3. Complete a GAP Analysis
  4. Choose Your Certification Body
  5. Undergo a HACCP Audit

How does HACCP training benefit me?

Learn how to tie HACCP in with existing programs in your facility for positive audit results and increased consumer confidence. With online HACCP training, you work toward HACCP certification goals and learn how to properly develop and implement HACCP Plans. HACCP training is beneficial to food safety team members, quality control, quality assurance, and food safety managers, team leaders, and line supervisors.

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HACCP Insider Insights

HACCP-related content from the Zosi blog

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Our HACCP Library

Zosi provides flexible, online training to help you become HACCP certified. Take a look at our HACCP course library below.

Alchemy Academy - Basic HACCP Online Course
Basic HACCP:
Online Course

Uncover HACCP’s meaning with Basic HACCP, taught by longstanding industry experts. Each principle is fully outlined in its own module, with practical application scenarios for realistic implementation.

Alchemy Academy - Basic HACCP Juice and Beverage Online Course
Basic HACCP: Juice & Beverage
Online Course

If you process or import certain juice products, this course is the ideal first step. This course offers essential information for HACCP application with additional learning on juice regulatory updates.

Alchemy Academy - Advanced HACCP Online Course
Advanced HACCP:
Online Course

Build out HACCP concepts and further explore details of implementation in your facility. Our Advanced course gives you online access to resources vital to sustaining a successful system.

HACCP Bundle - Basic and Advanced HACCP
Basic HACCP / Advanced HACCP Bundle

Accredited by the International HACCP Alliance, combine Basic and Advanced HACCP courses for a full picture of HACCP Principles, Prerequisite Programs (PRPs), record keeping, and ways to verify effectiveness.

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Taught by certified auditors with decades of experience.

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Real-World Perspective

Explore best practices that translate directly to the floor.

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Roadmap to Compliance

Track progress and build your programs to comply with SQF and HACCP Certification.

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How long is HACCP certification valid?

Your chosen third-party certification body designates the time frame for which your HACCP certification is valid. On average, certification lasts for 12 months. Keep in mind your HACCP certificate can be revoked at any time should your site fail to continually meet regulatory requirements.